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Great One again refuses to back down from a challenge

Updated: June 4, 2006, 11:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There was death and more death and gambling and an Olympic pratfall. And in the end, it was hard to tell just what kind of hockey coach Wayne Gretzky turned out to be.

Maybe, in part, that's why The Great One is stepping back behind the Phoenix Coyotes' bench -- to find out. And not just for the short term, either.

Gretzky announced Wednesday in Phoenix that he signed on for five more years of desert coaching duties. Now, everyone knows a coach's contract is about as secure ...

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